What Are the Risk Factors for Multiple Myeloma?
A risk factor is anything that may increase your risk for a disease. Studies have identified the following risk factors for multiple myeloma:
- Age: People over 65 are at higher risk.
- Race: Multiple myeloma risk is highest among African-Americans and lowest among Asian-Americans.
- Gender: Men are more likely than women to get multiple myeloma.
- Medical history: People with a personal history of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) are at increased risk.
- People with a personal history of other plasma cell diseases are at higher risk.
Having one or more risk factors does not mean that a person will get multiple myeloma. Most people who have risk factors never develop the disease.
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